Playoffs, Game 2
Game 2 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague playoffs started Thursday, with the respective winners of the series openers taking 2-0 leads in the best-of-five affairs. Friday told a different tale, with the two road teams claiming key victories to even those series at 1-1.
CSKA Moscow 2-0 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Kyle Hines collected an offensive rebound and sank a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift CSKA Moscow to a tough 84-82 victory over Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at Megasport Arena and a 2-0 lead in their series. CSKA led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter behind a red-hot Milos Teodosic, but Shane Larkin and Johannes Voigtmann fueled a late Baskonia comeback that saw the visitors tie the game on a Rodrigue Beaubois triple with 12 seconds remaining and set up the final drama. Baskonia hosts Game 3 on Tuesday knowing that to win the series, it must become the first team since the introduction of the best-of-five format for the playoffs to bounce back from a 2-0 src="/rs/7rahbbofk6jwwsg6/a180d37b-8f1c-4d7f-869b-955efab3716f/894/filename/bogdan-bogdanovic-fenerbahce-istanbul-eb16.jpg" />
deficit to do so. Teodosic scored 13 of his 16 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter as he turned a 40-35 halftime lead into a significant advantage. He also dished 8 assists for the winners. Beaubois paced Baskonia with 21 points.
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 0-2 Fenerbahce Istanbul
Fenerbahce Istanbul took firm control of its playoffs series with Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens by claiming a 75-80 victory at the Olympic Sports Center to go up 2-0 before next week’s return to Istanbul. Once again, Game 1 MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic was the hero for Fenerbahce, recording a performance index rating of 35 for the second consecutive game by combining 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and a blocked shot. He received ample assistance from Ekpe Udoh, who added 22 points on 11-of-14 two-point shooting and 9 rebounds. Panathinaikos was led by 22 points and 4 assists from Mike James. It was a close contest all the way, but Fenerbahce's defense had the final say by restricting the home team to 9 points in the final eight minutes.
Olympiacos Piraeus 1-1 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Anadolu Efes Istanbul won a EuroLeague playoff game on the road for the first time in club history on Friday to even its best-of-five series against Olympiacos Piraeus 1-1. Alex Kirk’s baseline jumper with 48 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as Efes edged Olympiacos 71-73 at Peace & Friendship Stadium. Efes hosts Games 3 and 4 in Istanbul next week. Bryant Dunston posted 16 points, 5 assists and 2 blocks to lead Efes. Tyler Honeycutt added 15 points and 9 rebounds and Jayson Granger totaled 9 points and 9 assists. Efes made 60.5% of its two-point shots (23 of 38) and only committed 9 turnovers in two of the keys to the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis scored 20 points apiece for the Reds.
Real Madrid 1-1 Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul made a statement by edging top-ranked Real Madrid 80-84 on Friday night. The series now moves for two games to Istanbul with the score tied at 1-1. Darussafaka led for the majority of the night, not allowing the hosts a single lead in the first half. Sergio Llull knocked down 5 three-pointers in six minutes of the third quarter to put Madrid up by 7, but Brad Wanamaker rallied the visitors and with help from big man Ante Zizic and point guard Scottie Willbekin guided Darussafaka to a memorable win. Wanamaker finished with 21 points and Wilbekin netted 17, with each dishing 4 assists. Zizic collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Llull finished with 22 points and Gustavo Ayon posted 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.